Alabama Rolls Past Auburn in 2022 Iron Bowl
The Alabama Crimson Tide (10-2, 6-2) defeated the Auburn Tigers (5-7, 2-6) 49-27 in the 2022 Iron Bowl.
"I was really proud of our team, this whole season actually. To win ten games, to go through a rough patch when Bryce was hurt, now he's healthy again which makes us a different kind of team, I think," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
Quarterback Bryce Young had a monster game, going 20-of-30 for 343 yards, three passing touchdowns, and a rushing touchdown.
Three different receivers picked up touchdowns in the game, including Ja'Corey Brooks, Traeshon Holden, and Jase McClellan.
Jahmyr Gibbs led the running back room with 17 attempts for 76 yards and a touchdown. McClellan and Roydell Williams got in on the ground scoring, both running in a touchdown.
The Alabama defense recorded 61 total tackles, four sacks, eight quarterback hits, and eight tackles for loss as a group. 18 Tide players had at least one tackle in the dominant victory.
Auburn quarterback Robby Ashford went 11-of-23 for 77 yards. He scored all of Auburn's touchdowns, a pass to wide receiver to Ja'Varrius Johnson and two rushing touchdowns.
The Tigers relied on its run game which made up 318 of its 395 yards. Jarquez Hunter had 11 attempts for 134 yards, Ashford had 17 attempts for 121 yards, and Tank Bigsby had 15 attempts for 63 yards.
Auburn kicker Alex McPherson kicked two field goals in the fourth quarter, a 39-yarder and a 32-yarder as well as three extra points.
Both special team units played well. Alabama punter James Burnip punted three times for 136 yards and Auburn punter Oscar Chapman had four punts for 165 yards.
The Crimson Tide ends its regular season with ten wins and an undefeated record at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
"It's a great win to win in the Iron Bowl. For our players, it's great that they won win ten games, but I think one of the things I'm most proud of is the fact that when everyone thought they were out of it, there were a lot of naysayers out there, that this team didn't give up on themselves, they didn't give up on each other. They were fighting and won us some tough games to finish season. So I'm really proud of the fact that everybody hung in there stayed together, and continued to try and get better," said Saban.
No. 7 Alabama will wait to know its College Football Playoff fate after championship week next Saturday. Selection Day is Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN.